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The Beaujolais vineyards: wine primeur, AOC and believed local

Each year, 3e Thursday of November, beaujolais nouveau made headlines around the world and invites on all tables. Even if this primeur wine played an important role in the popularity of the vineyard, it must not overshadow the rest of the production of Beaujolais. If it has a time been shunned, is now in full revival. The work of several winemakers, including through the vineyards Morgon, Moulin to wine and flowery, participate fully to improve the image of the vineyard. (Re) discover the appellations and vintages of this wine region located between the South of Mâcon and the North of Lyon. You will be seduced by the diversity of its wines, but also by their often exceptional quality-price ratio.

General presentation of the Beaujolais

The vineyards of Beaujolais is located on the right bank of the Saône River, straddling the departments of Saône-et-Loire and the Rhone. about 50 kilometers, it extends South from Macon to the North of Lyon. The vineyard covers 17 300 hectares distributed on the flanks of the mounts of the Beaujolais, a name inherited from the Lords of Beaujeu, which reigned over the region until the beginning of the 15e century. The neighbouring territory of Burgundy and Cotes-du-Rhone focuses on the production of red wines made from a leading variety: gamay. Beaujolais also gives rise to a few white wines, primarily with chardonnay. Other varieties are allowed, such as the Aligoté, pinot grey or melon.

Appellations

The account names Beaujolais: 2 regional appellations and municipal or local names.

Beaujolais AOC

It is the largest appellation of the vineyard; is she that one must most famous beaujolais nouveau. It divides itself on almost all of the Beaujolais region, with a presence in the South of Villefranche.

Beaujolais-Villages AOC

This AOC is produced in 38 communes of the Rhône, and in lesser extent, Saône-et-Loire. Macon to Villefranche, they are located on the central part of the vineyard as well as on its northern limits. The AOC Beaujolais-Village represents 25%of local production. It is in part dedicated to beaujolais nouveau.

The Beaujolais Crus

The Beaujolais AOC wines are concentrated North of the vineyard:

  • Brouilly: at the foot of mont Brouilly, this appellation is the largest and southernmost of the vineyards of the Beaujolais.
  • Chénas: with its 266 hectares, it is the smallest cru Beaujolais.
  • Chiroubles: typical of the region, the Chiroubles AOC is perched at more than 400 meters above sea level.
  • Side-de-Brouilly: This AOC is enclosed in the Brouilly appellation. It is produced on the slopes of mont Brouilly.
  • Flowered: this appellation is produced in the commune of flowery. It gives wines called gladly 'female '.
  • Juliénas: North of the vineyard, overflowing on the Saône-et-Loire is one of the oldest wine-producing areas in the region.
  • Morgon: at the heart of the Beaujolais crus, this AOC is entirely produced in the commune of Villié-Morgon with some 1 0 hectares.
  • Moulin-à-Vent: This AOC has a great reputation. It is produced on a hill of Romanèche-Thorins.
  • Régnié: it's the most recent AOC of the vineyards of the Beaujolais. It is produced in the commune of Regnie-Durette.
  • Saint-Amour: at the northern end of the vineyard, this AOC is produced in the commune of Saint-love-Bellevue.